Are you getting a “Unable to connect to the server” error in League of Legends?
Here’s the second part of the error, “Please check your network connection”.
Followed by, “And attempt to reconnect to your game”.
You can either select “Retry” to retry the connection or “Cancel” to cancel it.
In this guide, you’ll learn how to fix “Unable to connect to the server” in League of Legends.
- Why can’t I connect to the server in LoL?
- How to fix “Unable to connect to the server” in League of Legends
Why can’t I connect to the server in LoL?
You can’t connect to the server in LoL because the Riot servers are most likely down.
Otherwise, you have a Firewall setting that still blocks LoL from connecting.
The LoL launcher utilizes server aliases that have issues connecting to some ISPs’ default DNS resolver.
This usually happens to players outside of the US and the launcher might not download a patch.
How to fix “Unable to connect to the server” in League of Legends
To fix “Unable to connect to the server” in League of Legends, you need to first check Riot Games’ status.
If the Riot Games’ servers are down, you need to wait until they are back up.
Otherwise, you can try disabling your firewall or changing your DNS.
You can also try running League of Legends as an administrator.
Fix 1: Check Riot Games’ status
- Check the Riot Games service here: https://status.riotgames.com/.
- Check the League of Legends outage reports here: https://downdetector.com/status/league-of-legends/.
Fix 2: Allow LoL through Firewall
- Open Firewall & network protection > Allow an app through Firewall > Change settings > Allow another app.
- Allow “League of Legends”, “League of Legends (TM) Client”, and “Riot Client”.
Fix 3: Change your DNS
- Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center”.
- Select “Change Adapter Settings” on the left navigation bar.
- Right-click on your network adapter and select “Properties”.
- Select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” followed by “Properties”.
- On the bottom of the menu, change “Obtain DNS server address automatically” to “Use the following DNS server addresses:”.
- Put in the following public DNS servers, one in each empty field: 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206.
- Select “Ok”, close all open web browsers and applications, and press the Windows key.
- Right-click anywhere, click on “All Apps”, right-click “Command Prompt” and run as administrator.
- Type “ipconfig /flushdns”, press Enter, and restart your computer.
Fix 4: Flush your DNS
- Open the Windows Start menu, search for “cmd”, right-click the Command prompt, and select “Run as Administrator”.
- Type ipconfig /release and press enter.
- Type ipconfig /renew and press enter.
- Type ipconfig /flushdns and press enter.
- Close the command prompt and try playing LoL.
Fix 5: Run LoL as an administrator
- Right-click the League of Legends application.
- Select the “Compatibility” tab.
- Tick “Run this program as an administrator”.
- Select “OK” followed by “Apply”.